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Title: Laying On of Hands


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Laying On of Hands
Confirmation Class May 08
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Overview
  • First Thoughts
  • Opening Ritual
  • Laying On of Hands
  • Example in the Bible
  • Receiving the Holy Spirit
  • References in the Old and New Testaments
  • Epiclesis
  • Invoking the Holy Spirit
  • Church Doctrine
  • Four Key Roles of the Holy Spirit in the Liturgy
  • Living the Faith
  • Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

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First Thoughts
  • Beginning right after birth a mother strokes her
    newborns face, and the child begins to learn
    about love
  • The ability to express love through touch and
    gestures is a universal experience
  • It is this experience that the Church builds upon
    when its representatives lay hands on a
    Confirmation candidate and pray for the gift of
    the Holy Spirit
  • This gesture expresses and brings to fruition the
    love and relationship that God desires for all
    his children

4
The Church Teaches
  • The Rite of Confirmation highlights the
    significant of the action of laying on of hands.
    In the introduction to the Rite of Confirmation
    we read
  • The laying on of hands contributes to the
    complete perfection of the rite and to a more
    thorough understanding of the sacrament It
    represents the biblical gesture by which the gift
    of the Holy Spirit is involved and in a manner
    well suited to the understanding of the
    Christian people

When the Spirit encounters in us the response of
faith which he has aroused in us, he brings about
genuine cooperation. Through it, the liturgy
becomes the common work of the Holy Spirit and
the Church (CCC 1091)
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Opening Ritual
  • Turn to page 104 for the Opening Ritual
  • Need one volunteer (reader) in the Opening Ritual
  • Show reverence during the ceremony and during the
    Laying On of Hands ritual
  • Once finished with the Opening Ritual have a seat

6
Opening Ritual
  • Describe your experience of the ritual of laying
    on of hands

7
Laying On of HandsOther Examples in the Bible
  • Jesus healing the leper
  • Read Luke 512-16
  • Apostles praying the Holy Spirit to come upon
    someone
  • Read Acts of the Apostles 191-7

8
Receiving the Holy SpiritReferences in Old and
New Testaments
  • Old Testament
  • In the opening ritual we listened to Genesis
    4813-16 in which a blessing was conferred on
    Ephraim and Manasseh by Jacob with a laying on of
    hands

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What does scapegoat mean, as we use that word
today?
10
What is a scapegoat as used in the Old
Testament?
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Faith VocabularyScapegoat
  • A term that refers to an individual who carries
    the blame or guilt of others originally an
    animal on whom the Jewish High Priest laid hands
    in a ritual ceremony, transferring the guilt of
    the Israelite people, and then banishing the
    animal to the desert so that it would carry
    away the peoples sins

See Leviticus 1620-22
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Receiving the Holy SpiritReferences in Old and
New Testaments
  • Old Testament
  • Laying on of hands was used to convey a transfer
    of power with a commissioning for a specific
    office or mission
  • And the Lord replied to Moses, Take Joshua, son
    of Nun, a man of spirit, and lay your hand upon
    him. Have him stand in the presence of the
    priest Eleazar and of the whole community, and
    commission him before their eyes. Invest him
    with some of your own dignity, that the whole
    Israelite community may obey him (Numbers
    2718-20)

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Receiving the Holy SpiritReferences in Old and
New Testaments
  • New Testament
  • Invoking the Holy Spirit
  • After the event of Pentecost, the first
    disciples went to Samaria to fulfill Christs
    command to make disciples of all people
  • Apostles Peter and John were called there to lay
    their hands on those who only had been baptized
  • The laid hands on them and they received the
    Holy Spirit (Acts of the Apostles 817)

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Receiving the Holy SpiritReferences in Old and
New Testaments
  • New Testament
  • Commissioning to Office
  • The Second Letter to Timothy, St Paul writes
  • For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame
    the gift of God that you have through the
    imposition of my Hands (2 Timothy 16)

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Receiving the Holy SpiritReferences in Old and
New Testaments
  • While the gesture of laying on of hands has a
    variety of meaning in the Old and New Testaments,
    in each of these contexts, it is the Holy Spirit
    that is at work

HOLY SPIRIT
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Define epiclesis
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Faith VocabularyEpiclesis
  • The name given to the prayer that invokes the
    transforming presence of the Holy Spirit

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Faith VocabularyEpiclesis
  • In the celebration of each of the sacraments, the
    Church calls upon God the Father to send down his
    Holy Spirit to transform us more and more into
    the Body of Christ
  • We name this prayer of invoking, or calling down,
    the Holy Spirits transforming power the epiclesis

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Faith VocabularyEpiclesis
  • You are most familiar with an epiclesis from the
    Eucharistic Prayer
  • Prior to the words of consecration, the priest
    extends his hands over the bread and wine and
    prays
  • Father, we bring you these gifts. We ask you to
    make them holy by the power of your Spirit, that
    they may become the body and blood of your Son,
    our Lord Jesus Christ, at whose command we
    celebrate this Eucharist (Eucharistic Prayer
    III)
  • Through the power of the Holy Spirit and words of
    the priest, the bread and wine become the Body
    and Blood of Christ

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Invoking the Holy Spirit
  • The ritual and action of laying on of hands is
    used in many contexts in the liturgy
  • Over the bread and wine at Eucharist
  • In the solemn blessing at the end of Mass
  • Over a newly married couple
  • During exorcism prayers with catechumens
  • During the prayer of absolution with a penitent
    sinner

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Invoking the Holy Spirit
  • At your Confirmation the bishop and the priest
    celebrating with him will extend their hands over
    you and the other candidates as they pray that
    you might be strengthened with the seven Gifts of
    the Holy Spirit
  • As the bishop extends his hands over you and
    prays the epiclesis at your Confirmation, a
    moment of great solemnity has arrived

22
Invoking the Holy Spirit
  • The Church prays that through the power of the
    Holy Spirit your life in Christ will be
  • a living sacrifice to God,
  • that you will be transformed more deepening in
    the image of Christ,
  • that you will grow in love for the Church, and
  • that you will participating the Churchs mission
    through the witness and service of love

23
Church DoctrineFull, Conscious, and Active
  • The Church calls for the full, conscious, and
    active participation of all the faithful in the
    liturgy
  • It is the Holy Spirit who empowers each properly
    disposed individual to enter fully into the
    liturgy
  • The Catholic Church teaches that When the Spirit
    encounters in us the response of faith which he
    has aroused in us, he brings about genuine
    cooperation

CCC 1091
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Small Group Exercise
  • Form small groups (3 people), look up and read
    one of the assigned passages from the Old
    Testament Ezekiel 3622-28, Ezekiel 371-14,
    and Joel 31-5
  • As you read each passage imagine the prophet is
    speaking to you
  • Describe how reading these passage helps you
    prepare for Confirmation

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The Holy Spirit, Helper and Guide
  • After you renew your baptismal promises in the
    rite of Confirmation, the bishop will extend his
    hands over you and ask the entire assembly to
    pray with him that you will be given the gift of
    the Holy Spirit and that you be anointed to be
    more life Christ
  • All-powerful God, Father of our Lord Jesus
    Christ, give them the spirit of wisdom and
    understanding, the spirit of right judgment and
    courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence.
    Fill them with the spirit of wonder and awe in
    your presence

26
Invoking the Holy Spirit
  • Saint Paul wrote that it is the love of God
    poured out into our hearts through the holy
    Spirit (Romans 55)

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Four Roles of the Holy Spirit in the Liturgy
  1. To prepare the assembly to encounter Christ
  2. To recall and manifest Christ to the assembly
  3. To make the saving work of Christ present and
    active by his transforming power
  4. To bring us into the communion with Christ and so
    to form his Body

CCC 1093-1112
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Living the FaithBlessed Damien of Molokai
  • Blessed Damien of Molokai was born in 1940 in
    Belgium
  • He joined the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts
    of Jesus and Mary, tool the religious name Damien
    and studied for the priesthood
  • In 1864 he was sent to Hawaii where he was
    ordained and served the native peoples of Hawaii
    as a missionary
  • After 10 years he asked to be sent to the island
    of Molokai, where people suffering from leprosy
    had been sent to live segregated from the rest of
    the population, just as in Jesus time (social
    outcasts and judged by many as leading sinful
    lives)

29
Living the FaithBlessed Damien of Molokai
  • Damien soon experienced for himself the emotional
    loneliness and sadness that accompanied the
    physical illness and suffering of the outcast on
    Molokai
  • This led Damien to see their need to be touched,
    both physically and spiritually, so he reached
    out to them without fear for his personal safety
  • Father Damien eventually contact the disease but
    continued to care for others despite his own
    suffering
  • Father Damien died from the effects of leprosy on
    15 Apr 1889
  • On 4 Jun 195 he was declared Blessed of the
    Church by Pope John Paul II

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Gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • The gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to all who
    are anointed that is, to every Christian who is
    born of water and Spirit (John 35)
  • Isaiah 112
  • The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him a
    spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit
    of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge
    and of fear of the Lord, and his delight shall be
    the fear of the Lord

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Gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • Wisdom
  • The gift of knowing the right choices to make to
    live a holy life
  • The gift of wisdom helps you avoid the things
    that could lead you away from God

Describe a practical example of what wisdom
would look like in your life
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Gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • Understanding
  • The gift of comprehension, or the ability to
    grasp the meaning of the teachings of the Church.
  • Helps you be tolerant and sympathetic of others
  • Helps you sense when someone is hurting or in
    need of compassion

Describe a practical example of what
understanding would look like in your life
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Gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • Right Judgment (Counsel)
  • The gift of prudence
  • Helps you make choices to live as a faithful
    follow of Jesus

Describe a practical example of what right
judgment would look like in your life
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Gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • Courage (Fortitude)
  • The gift that helps you stand up for your faith
    in Christ
  • Helps you overcome any obstacles that would keep
    you from practicing your faith

Describe a practical example of what courage
would look like in your life
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Gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • Knowledge
  • The gift of knowing and enlightenment
  • Enables you to choose the right path that will
    lead you to God
  • Encourages you to avoid obstacles that will keep
    you from Him

Describe a practical example of what knowledge
would look like in your life
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Gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • Reverence (Piety)
  • The gift of confidence in God
  • Inspires you to joyfully want to serve God and
    others

Describe a practical example of what reverence
would look like in your life
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Gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • Wonder and Awe (Fear of the Lord)
  • The gift of respect that encourages you to be in
    awe of God
  • Moves you to so love God that you do not want to
    offend Him by your words or actions

Describe a practical example of what wonder and
awe would look like in your life
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Summary
  • First Thoughts
  • Opening Ritual
  • Laying On of Hands
  • Example in the Bible
  • Receiving the Holy Spirit
  • References in the Old and New Testaments
  • Epiclesis
  • Invoking the Holy Spirit
  • Church Doctrine
  • Four Key Roles of the Holy Spirit in the Liturgy
  • Living the Faith
  • Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

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